The British Empire entered World War I on 5 August 1914—100 years ago tomorrow. To commemorate the centennial, the Tower of London is hosting an art installation created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. When it’s completed, it will consist of 888,246 crimson ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower. Each flower represents one of the 888,246 British and colonial fatalities of World War I. The installation is titled “Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red”.
Work on the project has been going on all summer, w/the official opening set for Tuesday. The final poppy will be planted on 11 November—Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth.